Monthly writing sessions in Mylor Bridge

My monthly creative writing sessions generally take place in Tremayne Hall, an historic building in Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth in the south coast of Cornwall. The two hour sessions provide inspiration and a kick start for new writing, in a friendly ‘drop in’ group. You can learn new techniques, try prose, life writing or poetry and explore themes, whatever your interests and aspirations. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Just bring your pen and notebook for an enjoyable and creative Saturday morning.

When: the next sessions are on 26 January, 23 February, 30 March and 27 April. The sessions are from 10.00am to 12 noon and the fee is £7.00 per person, which includes coffee, tea and biscuits. Find out more here.

Where: 26 January and 27 April in the Pope Room, Tremayne Hall, Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth TR11 5NE. 23 February and 30 March at the Ord-Statter Pavilion, Waterings Road, Mylor Bridge TR11 5NG. There is free parking at the Ord-Statter and across the road from Tremayne Hall in the village car park.

Access: If you have questions about access to either venue, please ask me. Both venues have level access and we meet on the ground floor. It is possible to park directly outside Tremayne Hall with prior notice, so that the gates can be opened. Ord-Statter has parking at the back of the building and a level path round to the main entrance which faces onto the playing field.

Editorial services

I offer an editorial service for anyone wishing to have their writing edited, proofread or critically appraised before sending it out into the world. I can help you develop your manuscript to professional standard, and advise you on how and when to make a submission to an agent or publisher.

I can also help you find appropriate competitions and other forms of publishing to get your writing ‘out there’, whether fiction, life writing or poetry.

Please contact me for information about hourly, half day and day rates. If I’m unable to help you (for example at a busy time of year), I can recommend colleagues and put you in touch with sources of support for your writing.

Writing for wellbeing

I offer training for counsellors, volunteers and others working in health and social care, about the benefits of writing for self expression and wellbeing especially in the context of bereavement support. The training can take place in groups of any size from 6 up to 20 or more in some cases. My approach is practical and participatory, with trainees writing and trying out creative techniques for themselves, whilst reflecting on their potential use with clients, and for self care and personal development.

In recent years I’ve provided training in Devon, Scarborough and Staffordshire, as well as my home territory, Cornwall. I’m always happy to travel, with a bit of advance planning.

A typical session offers:

  • an introduction to writing for wellbeing
  • techniques to use in journal writing
  • ‘free’ writing and timed writing
  • Using poems, pictures and objects as stimulus for writing
  • creative ways to capture experiences, remember and reflect on the page
  • guidance on ground rules, ethics and self care.

Contact me to ask about a tailored training session for your organisation, staff and volunteers; also for group work with clients including carers groups, bereavement friendship groups and hospice care for patients’ family and friends.

The Writing Retreat

I host retreats in partnership with Kath Morgan, a writing tutor and novelist based in Falmouth, Together we run fully residential weeks in Rosemerryn, close to Lamorna Cove, Bosloe, a beautiful house overlooking the Helford River next to the spectacular National Trust gardens at Glendurgan and the Old Sawmills near Fowey.

Our recent retreats have featured Time to Write, with guest author Patrick Gale as our midweek guest, Narrative Structure with guest author Jen Alexander, Life Writing with travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden, and Crafting the Short Story with Tom Vowler.

As well as morning workshops and plenty of time to write, our retreats feature one to one time with Kath and I as the resident tutors. These sessions enable you to receive detailed feedback, problem solve and think through your writing objectives. Kath is an expert critiquer and will give you technical advice to strengthen your writing. As well as close readings and advice on form and style, I take a coaching approach that will help you:

  • identify where you are with your writing
  • decide where you would like to be
  • set manageable goals for yourself
  • spot the snags and how to get round them
  • make a plan and stick to it.

My approach is to find out what you do best as a writer, what you’d like to do more of, and help you work out how to do it. Simple!

Find out more about the retreat and book a place.